Notice of NCI Virtual Workshop to Engage Multi-Cancer Detection (MCD) Assay Developers
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March 29, 2023

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)


This workshop will explain the method of engagement for assay developers interested in having their assays considered for selection to the Vanguard study.


This interactive virtual workshop is designed for multi-cancer detection (MCD) assay developers interested in participating in trials and studies to be run by a new Cancer Screening Research Network (CSRN) that NCI is establishing. NCI recognizes the importance of this new technology and is interested in assessing the use of MCD assays as cancer screening tools. The CSRN is anticipated to start in January 2024 and its initial effort will be launching the Vanguard study (RFA-CA-23-020RFA-CA-23-021, RFA-CA-23-022).

NCI will outline the steps involved in selecting assays for use in the Vanguard study. After interested companies submit their assay information, NCI will select some of these companies to participate in independent verification of their assays’ performance characteristics. NCI anticipates selecting two assays for use in the Vanguard study. Assays not selected for the Vanguard study may be considered for future CSRN studies.

NCI recognizes the importance of the legal and contractual aspects of engaging with assay developers. Therefore, one hour of this meeting will be dedicated to discussing material transfer agreements, data-sharing expectations, and clinical trial agreements between NCI and MCD assay developers.

For additional information on NCI’s research activities in cancer screening, please visit the MCD research and CSRN websites.

Webinar Information

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm ET

Pre-registration is required to join this webinar.

To pre-register, please use this link: 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Paul Pinsky, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Elyse LeeVan, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-7314